Australian National Insect Collection

The Australian National Insect Collection is recognised both nationally and internationally as a major research collection. It is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, nematodes and centipedes, housing over 12 million specimens.

  • About the Australian National Insect collection

    The Australian National Insect Collection is used by the Australian and international researchers, industry, government and university students. It is growing by more than 100,000 specimens each year.

  • Biosecurity research at ANIC

    The Australian National Insect Collection helps us identify insects and biosecurity pests that are intercepted at Australia’s borders.

  • ANIC research

    The Australian National Insect Collection researches a number of major bio-diverse and economically important groups of insects and related organisms.

  • ANIC staff

    The Australian National Insect Collection has a mix of staff with specialist skills ranging from collection maintenance and development through to research.

  • Collection resources for researchers and visitors

    The Australian National Insect Collection has a range of collection-based resources for researchers and visitors to use. It includes information about loans, protocols, and policies as well as access to information about our holdings.

  • Insect identification resources online

    The Australian National Insect Collection provides web-based information and tools for the identification of insects and related organisms.

  • ANICdotes

    Download issues of ANICdotes the newsletter of the Australian National Insect Collection.

  • Our history

    The Australian National Insect Collection has been operating for more than 45 years. There have been many interesting changes and developments during this time.

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